South Mountain National Trail

Guadalupe, Arizona

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3 Reviews
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Shaw Butte Trail 306 may be the best all-around hike in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It offers a challenging hike to the summit, a scenic loop through the desert floor, panoramic overlooks around nearly every turn, and fewer crowds than Piestewa Peak.

South Mountain: National Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Shaw Butte Trail 306 may be the best all-around hike in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It offers a challenging hike to the summit, a scenic loop through the desert floor, panoramic overlooks around nearly every turn, and fewer crowds than Piestewa Peak."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Guadalupe
Distance: 15.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7.5 hours
Season: Year-round; hot in summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: South Mountain Park
Local Maps: USGS: Guadalupe, Lone Butte, and Laveen
Driving Directions: Directions to South Mountain: National Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/15/2012
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The trls.com trail guide is very accurate, if you have GPS then the route is very easy to follow. Trail 8 is well marked - but finding the A-junction back to 40th street might have been a challenge if not for the GPS keeping our mileage. Trail is mostly loose large rocks (not gravel) - suggest hiking boots. Not really difficult - a couple steep parts but only a few spots where you need to use your hands. Nice scenery and some cool cactus. Start of trail was busy, but once out on A-B we saw only a handful of people on a weekend. Also, short drive from Desert Ridge area where we were staying on our vacation - which made it a great choice.


4/16/2008
0

Great trail for getting a short workout at the end of the day. Not great views but not bad either. Lots of irritating insects.


2/12/2007
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Trail 8, not 8A or 8B, is very rocky with some good views. You will share with horseman, but no mountain bikes (unusual in this area). There are a few short climbs, overall fairly easy hike.



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May 2018